Quick Update on Damien

I haven’t written for a while, so maybe a quick update will get me started again…

Damien has spent the last few months keeping to himself. The only visitor he even acknowledges is Te, who brings him food and water daily. He’s been spending day and night up in the tree and only comes down to eat. He still wants to talk to Te but hasn’t been able to bring himself to ask the questions he’s so curious about. Damien spends his days leaping from branch to branch and his nights sleeping fitfully, plagued by nightmares. The branch he sleeps on hardly has any bark left. Damien has started to question his earlier decision, no longer so sure it is the right thing to do. He is trying to figure out what he truly believes and has no plans to go anywhere until he gets some clarity. Whenever Damien hears the elders calling him lazy, he just climbs higher into the tree so he can be alone with his thoughts. He realizes that the task ahead of him is daunting. It’s hard for him to really make sense of the world, given his shaky foundation. There is no strong guiding light from his past, only weak contradictory ideas. Except for Te, who continues to be kind and supportive of Damien while respecting his boundaries, Damien feels utterly lost and alone. He has no concept of how much time has passed while he’s been attempting to put the pieces together. He is just starting to figure out how broken the pieces of his past are and that they don’t quite fit together correctly. He has a feeling that Te can help with this but he’s still trying to figure out how to bring it up. For now, he is content to remain isolated in his tree. He knows that he will talk to Te when he is ready.

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